A Global Gridded Dataset for Cloud Vertical Structure from Combined CloudSat and CALIPSO Observations
Abstract. The vertical structure of clouds has a profound effect on the global energy budget, the global circulation, and the atmospheric hydrological cycle. The CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) missions have taken complementary, colocated observations of cloud vertical structure for over a decade. However, no globally-gridded dataset is available to the public for the full length of this unique combined data record. Here we present the 3S-GEOPROF-COMB product, a globally-gridded (level 3S) community data product summarizing geometrical profiles (-GEOPROF) of hydrometeor occurrence from combined (-COMB) CloudSat and CALIPSO data. Our product is calculated from the latest release (R05) of per-orbit (level 2) combined cloud mask profiles. We process a set of cloud cover, vertical cloud fraction, and sampling variables at 2.5, 5, and 10 degree spatial resolution and monthly and seasonal temporal resolution. We address the 2011 reduction in CloudSat data collection with Daylight-Only Operations (DO-Op) mode by subsampling pre-2011 data to mimic DO-Op collection patterns, thereby allowing users to evaluate the impact of the reduced sampling on their analyses. We evaluate our data product against CloudSat-only and CALIPSO-only global-gridded data products as well as a surface-based dataset, underscoring the added value of the combined product. Interest in the product is anticipated for the study of cloud processes, cloud-climate interactions, and as a candidate baseline climate data record for comparison to follow-up satellite missions, among other uses.
3S-GEOPROF-COMB: A Global Gridded Dataset for Cloud Vertical Structure from combined CloudSat and CALIPSO observations https://zenodo.org/record/8057791
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